Great Dane Canute crushed England
age: just twenty-one
A thousand years ago, when he was just 21, he launched a fleet against England, and in the span of four years had conquered most of that land, married the widow of (English) King Ethelred, converted to Christianity, strengthened ties between England and Normandy and became King of Denmark in 1019.
Busy guy. This painting depicts his "publicity stunt," commanding the tide not to come in to demonstrate that his power was not Almighty. Leaping back at the inexorable tide, he exclaims that no king is worthy of the name save God, and hangs up his crown, never to wear it again. Of course, he was still the king!
- a group of 1000.
- a period of 1000 years.